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Police control systems in Britain, 1775–1975: From parish constable to national computer

Chris A. Williams


Police Control Systems focuses on the way that British police institutions have controlled the individual constable on the ‘front line’. This control has been exercised by a variety of different institutions and individuals, ranging from direct day-to-day input from ‘the community’, responsibility under Common Law, through bureaucratic systems built around exacting codes of rules – and the gradual modification of this process to accommodate a growing professionalism – to the real-time control of officers by radio, coupled with the increasing use of surveillance techniques. This is the first bo ... More

Keywords: Police, Technology, Great Britain, History, Computing, Bureaucracy, Communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084294
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris A. Williams, author